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Day 17

Judges 17-21 speaks of the erosion of the spirituality of the Israelites. The time span of the book of Judges is estimated to be 400 years. In the entire book, the Tabernacle, which was meant to be the centre of worship is mentioned only in Judges 20 along with the high priest. It seems to have fallen into disuse.



Micah’s Idols

Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraimsaid to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it.”

Then his mother said, “The Lord bless you, my son!”

When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, “I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lordfor my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you.”

So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels[b] of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah’s house.

Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest.In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way[c] he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim.

Micah asked him, “Where are you from?”

“I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,” he said, “and I’m looking for a place to stay.”

10 Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels[d] of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” 11 So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 12 Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priestand lived in his house. 13 And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”


  1. Judges 17:2 That is, about 28 pounds or about 13 kilograms

  2. Judges 17:4 That is, about 5 pounds or about 2.3 kilograms

  3. Judges 17:8 Or To carry on his profession

  4. Judges 17:10 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams


  • Vs 3 What had the mother planned to do with the money? In vs 4 what actually did she do? Did she fulfil her vow?

  • Vs 5 What did Micah do with the idol?

  • Vs 10 Why did he appoint the Levite as his priest and pay him? What does that tell you about Micah?

  • Were Levites meant to be priests? See Num 3:5-10? Why do you think he accepted the role?

  • Who did the idol represent based on vs 2-3? Who was their God?

  • Do things like this happen in Indian society? Does it happen in the church?

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